The second of Arkansas’s two Youth Hunts for waterfowl will be Saturday, Feb. 3.
The regular waterfowl season ended Sunday, Jan. 28, but youths 15 and under may harvest ducks, geese, coots and mergansers Saturday as long as they are accompanied by a mentor.
Youths who have completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a mentor 18 or older. Youths who have not completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a mentor 21 or older. Mentors may not hunt, but may call waterfowl. Shooting hours and bag limits are the same as the regular duck and goose seasons. Youth hunters can hunt on wildlife management areas 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. General WMA hunter use permits are not required for youth hunters.
The Light Goose Conservation Order which went into effect Monday, Jan. 29, is suspended on Saturday for the Youth Waterfowl Hunt and will resume 30 minutes before sunrise Sunday, Feb. 4. The order through a half-hour after sunset April 25. During the Conservation Order, all daily bag limits and possession limits are waived on Snow, Blue and Ross’s geese. Shotguns do not have to be plugged, electronic calls are allowed, and hunters 16 and older do not need a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, Arkansas Waterfowl Stamp or HIP registration. A valid hunting license (from any state) is required, however. Youth 15 and younger do not need a license. Shooting hours during the Order are 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. The Light Goose Conservation Order only covers Snow, Blue and Ross’s geese. White-front geese (specklebellies) and Canada Geese are not part of the Order.